What should you do if a United States Marshal calls threatening to arrest you unless you pay a fine for missing jury duty? Hang up!
Scammers have been calling people with spoofed phone numbers and posing as U.S. Marshals. During these calls, the “Marshals” have been notifying individuals that they missed jury duty and are responsible for paying a fine to avoid arrest. According to the “Marshals,” fines are only payable via transfer of funds from a prepaid debit, iTunes, or gift card.
Need some tips on what not to do when you receive a call from a U.S. Marshal or another government imposter telling you to send money to avoid arrest?
1. Don’t transfer funds via wire transfer or prepaid card.
2. Don’t share financial or personal information.
3. Don’t always trust the name that appears when you receive a call.
If you were a victim of a call similar to these U.S. Marshal Jury Duty Scams, report it to the Federal Trade Commission and contact your local Marshals Service District Office. If you transferred funds to a scammer, the FTC advises you to contact the card company’s fraud department.
Remember, U.S. Marshals do not make calls threatening to arrest or fine you.